Huge budget bill brings changes to South Georgia
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two legislators are working to spread the word about new laws coming to Georgia they said will impact everyone including children.
The bills are expected to be passed by May 8.
The most important bill of them, lawmakers said, is the $26 billion budget bill, with 54 percent of those funds going to education.
"I'm really excited that 54 percent of our state funds are going to be going to education and of course that will be K-4 through higher education," said District 153 Representative Darrel Ealum.
Many Dougherty County residents heard good news Saturday about new state and federal funds based off of incoming revenue.
Local lawmakers said education is now fully funded. They said it will help every child in South Georgia and teachers.
"We want to be able to extend the technological resources that we have. We want to be able to educate our teachers and get them prepared to use the technology," said District 12 Senator Freddie Powell Sims.
Students will not only receive new technology but teachers will have more funding too.
"Three-hundred and sixty million dollars were added to the retirement system of Georgia to make sure we got solid retirement funds for our teachers when they do retire," said Ealum.
Right now lawmakers are working on an after-school initiative for children to get help after school.
"I was impressed with the fact that Mrs. Sims said they are going to start the after-school program for the children, especially for the children of need," said Rosie Turner, an Albany resident.
Senator Sims said Governor Deal has put a focus on education across the board.
Locally, Dougherty County will have funds for the college and career academy, which prepares students for the workforce.
"It doesn't help me, it helps you, your grandchildren, your children. It helps them to get a better education" said Sims.
Education was just one of the budgetary items in House Bill 684. Health care and the mental health system are expected to receive a large amount of funding as well.
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